Loyola University Maryland

Department of History

Dr. Matthew Mulcahy

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Dr. Matthew Mulcahy

Associate Professor and Department Chair
Office: Humanities 309

Curriculum Vitae


Matt Mulcahy graduated from Macalester College in 1990, worked for two years at the National Museum of American History, and returned to the Twin Cities for graduate school.  He received his Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota in 1999.  His first book, Hurricanes and Society in the British Greater Caribbean, 1624-1783, was published by the Johns Hopkins University Press in 2006.  A paperback edition was published in 2008.  He is currently working on a project exploring the great 1692 earthquake in Jamaica.  His first article from that research, "The Port Royal Earthquake and the World of Wonders in Seventeenth-Century Jamaica" appeared in the Fall 2008 issue of Early American Studies.  He is also working on a survey of the British West Indies and the Carolina lowcountry from 1624 until the end of the Seven Years War.  He has been chair of the department since 2007.

Areas of Specialization

  • Colonial America
  • History of Disasters


  • HS 343 American Environmental History
  • HS 345 Peoples of Early America
  • HS 346 Revolutionary America
  • HS 348 Civil War and Reconstruction
  • HS 423 Disasters in American History (Special Topic)
  • HS 463 Seminar: Topics in Colonial British America


Hurricanes and Society in the British Greater Caribbean 1624-1783
Hurricanes and Society in the British Greater Caribbean 1624-1783 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2005)